Stopped by the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA is approaching a recovery. The prestigious American League confirmed on Saturday discussions with Disney to organize the end of the season in Orlando, within the grounds of Disney World.
The NBA’s return is becoming clearer: the league is in discussions with the Walt Disney Group to invest its Orlando complex, where it would like to resume its season suspended due to coronavirus at the end of July, a spokesman confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.
“The NBA, in collaboration with the Players Union (NBPA), has begun discussions with The Walt Disney Company to explore opportunities to restart fiscal year 2019-2020 at the end of July at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex it owns in Florida,” Bass said. He said the site, based inside Disney World, would serve as a “unique campus for both games, training and accommodation.”
Orlando rather than Las Vegas
Within this 220-hectare complex, there are three rooms for meetings, and enough hotel rooms to accommodate the various delegations, while limiting, private property obliges, exhibitions with the outside world.
While NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to reveal the fate of the season by early June, this announcement confirms the trend discussed in his final days that Orlando had become the preferred option by the court at the expense of Las Vegas.
While the NBA, which suspended its season on March 11 and the positive Covid-19 test of Frenchman Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), has set its sights on Disney World and is considering a return to the game at the end of July, many other parameters remain to be defined. At the moment no one knows in what form the championship will resume, while there is still to play about a month of regular season.
As such, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry said Friday that a board of directors of the body, along with franchise bosses, would be held next Friday. According to ESPN, players should observe for 40 weeks and then train individually for one to two weeks at their team’s facilities, before going to group training camp for two to three weeks.